Local Characters

Kate’s other hat

Apr 1st, 2017 | By

Kate Wilson is the co-owner of Prof’s at Woodlands Cafe in Gordonton. Unsurprisingly she wears many hats – Kate talks to Number 8 Network about art and Mind Stretch, her current exhibition in Hamilton. Do you, in fact, have any spare time?! It has definitely shrunk in the last year, but I am working on

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The young champion

Sep 12th, 2016 | By
Sharnay Cocup

Now that the weather is better, Sharnay Cocup is getting back up her mountain; with spade and gumboots and a bunch of kids from the youth group she started when she was just 18. “We go up Taupiri Mountain two times a week to keep the gorse down,” she says. About three years ago she

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Book on good eating hot off the press

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Book cover for How To Use Your Pie-hole

Jennifer Babich believes we have lost touch with how to eat, and she’s done something about it. The Rototuna resident has published How To Use Your Pie-hole, a book which takes the food industry to task and urges readers to take control. “The food industry is deeply warped. The level of confusion over what to

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Morepork Manor: tiny but cosy

Mar 1st, 2016 | By

Caz Warner has brought the tiny house revolution to Gordonton.  She shares the joy in her regular column. She’s eight metres long and 2.5 wide with a cupboards-galore kitchen, cosy dining room, bedroom, new shower and loo. Her name is Morepork Manor and she’s a circa-1980s Coronet caravan. She also features original artwork on her

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Goodbye Alan, Pukemokemoke’s best friend

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

Alan Leadley, gentleman, leader of the Friends of Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve and friend to all, passed away recently. I first met Alan not long after starting Number 8 Network. He burst into my life overflowing with enthusiasm for the work going on at the little bush block in Tauhei. He had a genuine fondness for

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Gordonton reflections

May 19th, 2015 | By

Caz Warner has a Room with a View – she lives in the former head master’s house beside Hukanui Park.  Word wizard, artist and wise owl, Caz will write a regular column for Number 8 Network on her reflections and musings.  Here she ponders the Gordonton Market, which springs to life outside her window. Scents

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